Bharatiya Janata Party has elected veteran leader JP Nadda working president, senior party leader Rajnath Singh said on Monday—a decision that puts to rest speculations on who will replace current national president Amit Shah.
Nadda, the former health minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s previous Cabinet, was made working president of the party at the BJP’s Parliamentary Board meeting on Monday.
Parliamentary Board is the BJP’s highest decision-making body.
Nadda will eventually replace Amit Shah, whose term as BJP president ended earlier this year but was given an extension because of general elections. Shah is now home minister in Narendra Modi’s new Cabinet.
The decision was taken because of Shah’s busy schedule, sources said.
Shah however will continue to be party president until December, sources said—a decision likely taken in view of four crucial assembly elections— Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir—later this year.
The development came hours after the 17th Lok Sabha was sworn in.
There are rumours that the board could decide on their Speaker candidate at the meeting. There are also speculations that the party could finalise candidates for six Rajya Sabha seats that is scheduled to be going to polls on July 5 after its previous occupants were elected into the Lower House.
The party could also hold discussions on the forthcoming assembly elections.